Captain James Landing

4.3
1139 reviews
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Seafood
A Baltimore landmark since 1978, Captain James Landing Restaurant has earned the name "most unique eatery" in Baltimore City. For starters we are the only restaurant shaped like a merchant vessel. Five brothers created a restaurant in the 70"s with the goal of providing quality service to the citizens of Baltimore, Maryland as well as the thousands of tourist that visit our Monumental City. Our Waterfront Crab House (located adjacent of our restaurant) was awarded in 2012 "#1 Best Crabs in Baltimore" by Baltimore Magazine. Our Crab House is the one spot in the city where you can eat steamed crabs with a true waterfront seating. Water Taxi Stop #14 brings you right to our waterfront location.
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KE
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location with FREE PARKING (huge plus)!! Service was excellent and food was very good! The crab soup was delish!

ET
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wait staff was very pleasant, very efficient.
Quality of the food was very good.

n
Austin
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Captain James Landing was a fun and delicious experience. They not only have phenomenal food but also fantastic service. Everything from the cocktails to the appetizers to the main courses were exceptional. The atmosphere was authentically nautical with the building itself designed as a ship and the décor throughout. Thanks for making our last night in Baltimore such a delight!

CM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic dinner. My husband's steak was perfect, mashed potatoes were good. I had a broiled seafood platter which was superb. Everything was delicious and fresh. Our waitress was very attentive and nice. I had so much food I had to take some home.

F
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food at reasonable prices in Fell’a Point. Had their Maryland Crab Soup., Soft Shell Crabs and Cheddar Cheese Grits. Even the Cole Slaw was different and refreshing. Also. Best Dirty Martini ever. A really awesome meal!
However, I should have checked the bill a little more carefully. It turns out they added the gratuity at 18% for a table of two. I have never seen this for a table of two and understand it is customary for a table of 6 or more in tourist areas. I foolishly added an additional 20% on top of their total including the 18% tip. My bad!
The food was still very good, but I'm surprised they let me walk out the door without letting me know about the automatic 18% tip. Please be aware.

y
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere

DM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AWESOME! We always have a great eating experience at CJL. This time was no exception! We have to drive an hour and a half to eat here and I’S WORTH IT! I hope the great experience never changes! 👍🏾😋

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall good experience!

K
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very noisy! Food good. Cream of tab fabulous!

SR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When visiting the harbor this is definitely a place you do not want to miss. The food is amazing and so fresh.

BM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Scallops were burnt but somehow still raw inside,mixed vegetables were a big pile of mush cocktails were ordered and they forgot to add the spirits. Poor wine selection. 1st and only trip to this restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the groupon which I highly recommend. The server was very nice and knowledgeable of the menu. He gave us some great options to try. We split every thing and was able to try 5 or 6 different things. Go on the weekdays and make a reservation. They will seat you faster!

MC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food.

LD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was ok but I don’t think I would visit again.

N
Baltimore
110 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We've been to this restaurant several times over the past years. Each time, the food has been good as was the service. This time was the same. We both ordered & were very pleased with the crab imperial with red potatoes & baked zucchini. The crab imperial & potato portions were large. The baked zucchini was rather small in comparison. However, it was done with tomatoes, which we enjoyed. We would recommend this restaurant to a friend.

TD
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were seated immediately and the service is always friendly

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

M
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The best seafood we've had in a long time. I loved it.

Even my picky-eater kid ate everything, including the fresh vegetable medley. It was that good.

m
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

best food and service for breakfast and lunch and dinner
free parking can't beat it anywhere

TS
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That was the freshest crab legs I've ever had!! The waitress was very nice knowledgeable of the menu. I look forward to returning whenever I visit Baltimore.

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Danie was our server, she was flawless. Host was very quick and efficient. Rib appetizer was bigger than expected. All the entrees were great, nothing but positive things to say about this place.

MR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought out of town friends for lunch, two adults and two children. We had been thinking Sunday brunch, but at noon we were given a lunch/dinner menu. We had only ever come for the terrific breakfast, but we happily accepted the lunch options -- which were terrific. The children ordered sandwiches and wraps from the adult menu and were very pleased, as were the rest of us. My husband and I had the seafood salad -- an abundance of seafood -- shrimp, clams, scallops, and lovely chunks of crab on the salad greens. We were able to enjoy, not only excellent food, but a lovely conversation, undisturbed except for attentive refilling of the water glasses and discreet oversight to make sure we were satisfied -- and we were! We will definitely return for breakfast or lunch -- and we will be incredibly comfortable bringing friends!

TL
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place!
Family oriented, great food, and pleasant & consistent service

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Sat down, given water and bread immediately which was fine, but with little kids it made the table immediately cluttered. Server immediately follows up with any appetizers which we haven’t even had time to look at menu. We sat and ordered and were content until the table next to us was seated. Their serve laid out the specials, the available crab, special appetizers etc, everything as tourists would of loved to of heard. Needless to say meal was great would of loved to have had the options off menu. Would go again knowing having to ask for extras.

CH
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

We had 8pm reservations and it took our server 24 minutes to bring us drinks. Yes I counted the time ! Couples came after us and had drinks and bread. It felt like we weren't a priority. The service was horrible but the food was good

TG
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible. Honestly, the most tender scallop I’ve ever had. Everything that we ate was delicious. I would definitely would come again!

SD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

This has to be the most dissapointing lunch I have ever encountered. I drove 40 plus miles to get tasteless, black, empty, smells of ammonia crabs. I was so unhappy I really was no longer in the mood to eat. However, I reordered the salmon dish and that was mediocre. the warm buns were actually the best thing on the menu.

NEVER WILL GO HERE AGAIN!!

ES
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The service was very slow, but the food is excellent, the mojito is very, very good, and so, a little sugar, atmosphere is great, it's not
Very noisy and it's recommendable

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Waitress was very rude resulting in bad customer service. We had a bad experience and will not be returning.

S
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was pretty slow, but the food was delicious! On the pricey side, but overall worth the visit!

J
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The restaurant was clean, well decorated and had a nice ambiance. The manager was professional, and the staff was friendly but our waitress, who was also the hostess, could have been more attentive. The food overall was okay, but without the discount probably overpriced for its value. The Oysters Rockefeller app was excellent - probably the best I've ever had. The Stuffed Shrimp was overdone, smaller and had more filler in comparison to other restaurants with the same dish. The cocktail sauce was very runny. The Baklava was also very good. Be mindful that an 18% gratuity is automatically included in the bill when the cost is over $75.

MR
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this experience was great. Kind of busy for a Monday night but the only thing my server forgot was butter, I don’t know how he didn’t miss a beat otherwise lol. The food was plentiful & delicious, big portions even with the specials, which normally at other restaurants the serving sizes are smaller. My husband enjoyed everything about his meal, we brother became full fast because again the portions were fulling. The cream of crab soup was the best I’ve had. Would definitely frequent this restaurant

F
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food wasn’t as good as it normally is. My NY strip was too fatty

w
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was very good and plentiful. The imperial crab stuff chicken is a real treat. Definitely do that again. The ultimate seafood broil good as well. The two of us had the fried calamari apetizer which was excellent. Although service was poor, it wasn't a deal breaker not to go back again, because it was noticeable other servers were on point in handling their designated tables next to ours. However, the gratuity which is automatically added to our tab @ 18% is definitely a reason we won't be going back.

TE
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food ever! One of my favorite restaurants in the city.

l
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great

S
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & view....

JP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I would recommend this place but warning my friends that if you are late 10 minutes or more, they will give your table away. We had reservations for 730pm and drove for 45 mins in bad weather plus 5 minutes to find parking, since their lot was full, to be told that they waited 10 mins and our table was given away ... but they would sit us if we promised to eat our food by 830! Reluctantly the front desk brought the manager who was able to accommodate us. Food didn't taste that great after that experience.

B
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and service.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the crabcake which was pretty good.

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